April 2007

Grant Dalton (NZL)

Why and why now… because by putting the fight – and money – back into what has become Emirates Team New Zealand this former Whitbread Race winner has made the next few months in Valencia a lot more interesting. We know this team will fight hard, and having seen the latest boat from the mighty BMW Oracle we know that ETNZ are on the button in terms of design. Alinghi apart, of course…
 Why they won
Sorry, Michael (Perham) – Kiwis get up early when there are prizes about. But the young skipper achieved some very credible support: ‘I vote for Michael Perham. The question of proximity of assistance is interesting. People knock Michael's achievement because he was shadowed, but how quickly is help on hand for all the big tris that overturn and then get picked up in short order due to all their support? Few knocked Ellen MacArthur’s solo trip around the British Isles just because the RNLI were only ever a few hours away. Every adventurer sets their own comfort levels and then progresses further away from assistance as confidence grows. This trip will encourage Michael to step into a greater adventure in the future. Good luck to him’ – Gerard Morris.